Recognising you are stressed and having the tools to manage the challenges we face can help us deal with stress are very important.
Start by identifying the causes of stress. Knowing what causes stress can help you find ways to reduce, control and manage it better.
Review your commitments and make changes where possible, such as not taking on too much at work.
Supportive relationships are key to helping to manage stress. Talking to friends or family about how you are feeling can help to ease the feeling of being overwhelmed.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet can help to improve mood and the feeling of wellbeing.
Cut down on smoking and drinking alcohol, especially if you use these as a coping mechanism. While you might think they help at the time, in the long run they can cause health problems and increase feelings of stress.
Exercise. Physical activity increases the production of endorphins that naturally boost our mood and help reduce feelings of stress.
Taking time out to relax. Find an activity you enjoy e.g. reading, drawing, crafting etc. and make time to do this regularly. Or simply do nothing – unplug from your devices and take time out.
Sleep problems are very common when stressed, so limiting screen time and caffeine can be useful to improve sleep patterns.